By James Kilpatrick
Leicester 1-4 Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha scores twice for the visitors
Report and highlights as Michy Batshuayi scores first Crystal Palace goal
Last Updated: 23/02/19 10:41pm
Wilfried Zaha scored twice as Crystal Palace beat Leicester 4-1 at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday evening.
Michy Batshuayi, on loan from Chelsea, scored his first goal in a Palace shirt five minutes from half-time, but Jonny Evans grabbed an equalising Leicester goal in the 64th minute from close range.
Zaha gave Palace the lead again with a tidy finish (70) before Evans' evening took a turn for the worse when he tripped up Jeffrey Schlupp in the penalty box, allowing Luka Milivojevic to convert from the spot (81).
Zaha scored his second - and Palace's fourth - in injury-time (90+3) to mark a memorable evening for the away support at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester Schmeichel (6), Pereira (6), Maguire (6), Evans (6), Fuchs (6), Ndidi (5), Tielemans (7), Ghezzal (5), Maddison (6), Barnes (7), Vardy (6)
Subs: Gray (5), Iheanacho (5), Okazaki (N/A)
C Palace: Guaita (6), Ward (5), Tomkins (7), Sakho (6), Van Aanholt (6), Milivojevic (6), McArthur (6), Schlupp (6), Townsend (6), Zaha (8), Batshuayi (7)
Subs: Dann (N/A), Kouyate (N/A), Ayew (N/A)
Man of the match: Wilfried Zaha
Roy Hodgson's side have extended their unbeaten run to six matches and move up into 13th on 30 points. Leicester remain in 12th - two clear of the south London club.
Leicester won the possession battle early on and created their first goalscoring chance in the ninth minute. Harvey Barnes whipped a cross into the box from the left flank which Jamie Vardy met, but his near-post header flew narrowly over the bar.
The half became increasingly scrappy, with Palace committing eight fouls in the opening 45 minutes, but it was the visitors who took the lead against the run of play.
Two Leicester changes as Christian Fuchs and Jamie Vardy came in for Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray.
For Palace, Joel Ward and James Tomkins came in for the injured duo Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Martin Kelly, while Christian Benteke dropped to the bench and Michy Batshuayi took his place.
Five minutes from half-time, James McArthur attempted an audacious half-volley from around 35 yards out which Batshuayi was able to re-direct with an outstretched leg into the bottom corner.
Leicester continued their possession dominance into the second half and it finally paid off when Evans levelled the match in the 64th minute. Christian Fuchs' long throw saw the ball eventually drop to Barnes, who drilled the ball across the goalmouth for Evans to turn in with a poacher's finish.
Six minutes later and Palace re-took the lead through Zaha as James McArthur showed great composure to dink a ball into the unmarked Ivory Coast international's path before he slotted the ball home on the volley.
Leicester pushed for an equaliser, but Palace created some breathing space when Milivojevic sent Kasper Schmeichel the wrong way from the penalty spot, nine minutes from time, after Evans brought down Schlupp in the box.
And as the hosts piled more men forward in added time, Palace punished Leicester on the counter-attack as substitute Jordan Ayew's pace was too much for the Leicester backline. He teed up Zaha who smashed in his second goal of the night.
- Leicester have lost four consecutive home Premier League games for the first time since January 2000.
- Crystal Palace have won four Premier League away games against Leicester; against no other side have they won more (also four v Everton).
- Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson became the oldest person to take charge of a Premier League game, at the age of 71 years and 198 days.
- Leicester have conceded the first goal in 19 Premier League games this season, more than any other team.
- Crystal Palace striker Michy Batshuayi scored in the Premier League for the first time since October 2017 (for Chelsea v Watford), 490 days ago.
- Since the start of the 2014-15 season, no player has scored for more different clubs than Crystal Palace's Michy Batshuayi in the big five European leagues (5 - Marseille, Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace).
- Leicester goalscorer Jonny Evans became the fourth Northern Irish player to make 250 appearances in the Premier League (also Aaron Hughes, Chris Brunt and Steven Davis).
- Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur assisted two goals in a Premier League game for the first time ever (232 appearances).
- Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha has scored in three consecutive league appearances for the first time ever.
- Since his debut in February 2017, Luka Milivojevic has scored 20 goals for Crystal Palace; more than any other player
Roy Hodgson: "We are getting closer to getting that magical number of 40.
"If we're capable of coming to a team like this and also getting a win at Man City, I've got to believe in this team. We're never beaten.
Claude Puel: "Sometimes they [Leicester fans] have disappointment with all the effort and it's difficult to accept.
"Of course one point from six is a big disappointment. If we look at the points it's not enough. But if we look at the performances it's crazy when you see what we're producing on the pitch. We must keep going."
Man of the Match - Wilfried Zaha
Zaha started the game quietly, but grew as the match progressed as Leicester increasingly pushed more men up the pitch.
The 26-year-old was rewarded for his patience by clinically dispatching two second-half goals to stretch his goalscoring streak to three league matches in a row.
Leicester host Brighton on Tuesday night. Palace, meanwhile, welcome Manchester United to Selhurst Park on Wednesday night.